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Some specific topics include science, art, and ethics--variations of Japanese Buddhist modernism; Akutagawa Ryunosuke and August Strindberg; the travel poetry of Mori Michiyo; the department store in interwar Japan; and the influence of American melancholic modernism and emerging postmodernism on Murakami Haruki's early fiction.
This woebegone scribbler's name, Chagawa Ryunosuke, is itself a play on that of the great Showa writer Akutagawa Ryunosuke.
However, other Japanese writers - Muro Saisei and Akutagawa Ryunosuke, to mention two prominent examples - often write in a similar vein, and someone willing to endure a degree of ridicule from conventional-minded colleagues should take up the subject of the weird in modern Japanese letters and treat it on its own terms.